Yes I realise that once again, I have failed to update this website. It’s now October, and I haven’t written anything since the beginning of the year.
So to update you, we’re actually developing the artwork and writing the songs for our EP in one go. We’re talented like that. What I can reveal is that we have the front artwork pretty much sorted out, but now it’s just a matter of getting everything else sorted out. I’m doing quite a bit of writing at the moment. I can guarantee that what i’m writing right now will be sure to pull on a few of your heartstrings.
That’s all I have to say at the moment.
We update our Twitter and Facebook a lot if you want to check them out-
I’m sure you all wondered what happened to us, since we haven’t written on the website for a while! I’ll fill you in on what’s been happening…
Sam has moved to the lovely Canberra, yes the capital of this awesome nation, and has been living it up down there. He fills me in on his adventures via phone calls regularly, and is happy in his new location.
Meanwhile back at base camp, things have been a bit busy for me too, hence the slow progress on updates. I’ve been travelling to the city a lot to find inspiration and to experience new things, which has been so exciting!
2012 could officially be named as “The Year of Change” for us, I guess.
Oh and guess who is writing at the moment… Us! Well I am, anyway. I’l have to check in on Sam’s demoing situation soon.
Anyway, I guess I’d better sign off now, since I’m writing this at time that isn’t very appropriate.
I have just read an article (at http://www.samesame.com.au/news/international/7134/Pray-the-gay-away—Ann-Coulter.htm) about the recent comments you have recently made regarding your opinion of the LGBTQ community, and I would like to start this letter by clearly stating that your views on this issue, as well as any other one you think is “socially acceptable” are nothing short of disgusting. As my band The Lesbian Priests openly supports the LGBTQ community in every way possible, I just can’t comprehend how a person could see this line of thinking as logical, or acceptable in any way, shape or form.
The first comment you made that I’d like to address is your statement that you think ex-gay therapy works. Well, where are the statistics that show how successful this “treatment” is? Do you have any proof, other than people who claimed it worked? I could claim that I was given therapy to convince myself that I have not got freckles, but that doesn’t mean it is true. You have no scientific proof that any “therapy” works.
The second statement that I’d like to address is your desire for gay people to not be in the military. Once again, there is the issue of proof and statistics. There are no statistics to verify that LGBTQ people are more likely to perish in the line of fire, or that LGBTQ people are less effective at their mission. The sexual orientation, gender or race of a person does not influence the way they carry out their work.
In this statement, you also addressed your concern for women in the military. Like I said before, the sexual orientation, gender or race of a person does not influence the way they carry out their work.
The next statement you made was that if you had a son who came out as gay, you would tell them that they were adopted. Would you be that ashamed of your own child that you’d stoop that low? That proves how horrible you truly are. If you were a true believer in your Christian faith, you would have more of a heart, and be more accepting, as your Bible tells you to be.
In conclusion, I’d like to say that to describe your comments as disgusting, would be the ultimate understatement. If you had any consideration for the people around you, people would actually care about you, instead of viewing you as an extremist, attention seeking liberal, with a heart of stone, and horrible hair that makes you look like you are still stuck in the 90’s. (Not that there’s anything wrong with the 90’s. Had some good times back in the day.)
Sam and I will always support the LGBTQ community, through every hurdle that presents itself a challenge, for now and in the future.
Here’s a quick update of what’s been going on with us:
Firstly, I have been doing some writing, in the midst of other things, such as reading and exercising. Yes, I’ve motivated myself to do exercise! I’ve been going for walks, and giving the punching bag a good work out. Go me!
Secondly, tomorrow is the birthday of our favourite people in the world, Tegan and Sara Quin. Happy 31st birthday girls!
I think that’s all the news we have to tell you right now. Keep looking back here for more updates!
Hey everyone! I hope you have all been well! I am currently sitting on my bed, waiting for a phone call from Sam, who I am expecting to have stay over. We’ll probably go out to the local sporting club, as usual, to try our luck on the poker machines. On another subject, something I’d like to talk about publicly is the recent actions of Southwest Airlines, and their decision to kick Leisha Hailey, of The L Word fame, and her Uh Huh Her bandmate Camila Grey of their plane for kissing. This is totally wrong of them to not only kick them off, but to then follow it up with a statement that suggests that their airline is a “family friendly” airline. As both a massive Uh Huh Her, and L Word fan, as well as an obvious supporter of LGBTQI rights, I was offended by the airline’s decision and hope they have learned their lesson from the large backlash they have received over the incident. Recently, SPIN.com did a wonderful article about homophobia in indie rock. If you are interested in reading it, it is at http://www.spin.com/articles/special-report-homophobia-haunts-indie-rock?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=100611. You will not be disappointed. It’s a great article. Good job Spin! Anyway, that’s all the news I have for now. I’ll update again sometime soon. Until then, well wishes. JB
Just an update to remind you that we’re still here and haven’t neglected the website!
So lately, I’ve been travelling into the Sydney CBD a lot. I love how it has everything there. Every type of shop you can possibly think of. I’ve spent a whole day looking in just one shop, because it was so big that it took a day to get from one side to the other. If you are a regular Sydneysider and you know any stores that you’d like to recommend, please feel free to contact me through one of the many contact points we have.
I’ve also been reading more books, which you all know is a regular hobby of mine. Lately I’ve read:
• Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sederis.
• The Death Of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave.
• Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey.
•The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving.
• Best American Gay Fiction 1996 (a gem of a find at a Katoomba bookstore!)
• Yen Magazine, issue 53 (because its cover story is Florence + The Machine. It also has an article about the wonderful Lykke Li)
•Triple J Magazine November issue (also has Florence + The Machine as the cover story. I think there’s a pattern emerging! Also has articles about Justice, Nick Cave, Bluejuice, Big Scary, Canyons & M83. Awesome!)
These are all brilliant and I recommend you read them.
Sam and I have different taste in things we’re interested/obsessed with. I’ve become addicted to Dr Pepper and 90’s sitcoms like Roseanne and Married With Children. Sam has been obsessing over the show Ghost Whisperer lately. Whatever floats your boat!
Anyway, something we’ve been meaning to announce is that we’re working on material at the moment, as revealed via Twitter. I even quoted a line from something I’ve been working on. But before you go rushing through cyberspace to find it, I should probably tell you that I deleted the Tweet soon after.
Because we love you all, we can safely say that if there are any more updates regarding songs, you’ll be the first to know!
Recently, I’ve been looking at online videos and websites for inspiration/personal interest, and I thought I’d share a few of my favourites with you. There is a short film, a selection of music videos, and an article supplied below for you to enjoy.
1) This short film, called Hetero, shows a reversed world where homosexuality is the norm, and tells the story for a boy who thinks he might be… *gasp* Heterosexual! It’s such a great film and I highly reccomend it. -> http://vimeo.com/dzeic/hetero
2) The music video for The Music Scene, by Blockhead is an amazing array of colours and shapes. In fact, all of the Blockhead music videos are amazing, but I like this one the most. -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhheiPTdZCw
4) A favourite song of mine at the moment. I am totally in love with Two Door Cinema Club. Even though I’ve been told I resemble Alex Trimble, the lead singer, I take that as a compliment, since I absolutely adore him right now! -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLK4oaXUuLg&feature=related
5) This article had us in tears of joy. It is Sara Quin’s (from Tegan and Sara) response to the homophobia and misogyny that has plagued the music industry in recent years. The most notable example of this is the music of Tyler The Creator. If you follow our Twitter, you’d know that I had my say on him, too. Sara tackles the issue head-on, and does such a wonderful job for coming forward and discussing it. We commend you on your brilliant effort Sara, and we are proud to say that we support you in the fight for equality. -> http://teganandsara.com/news/a-call-for-change/
Hey guys! As you guys may know, James and I saw An Horse on Friday.
It was such an excellent concert, and I really enjoyed how close James and I were to the stage! Before the show, we met An Horse, as well as the supporting band, The Gold Coats while they were outside, eating dinner. We got talking to them for quite a while, discussing everything there is to discuss, from creepy Tumblr fanblogs to where we should eat. (Ps. Kudos to Kate for suggesting that we should order at the venue. The Thai was lovely!)
After the supporting acts finished their sets, The lovely An Horse came on and played 14 songs from a mixture of both of their albums, Rearrange Beds and Walls. Between songs, Kate asked about getting a new amp, and also referred to herself and Damon as “Adam and Eve”, because she felt like it was just them two on stage, as opposed to her usually feeling like they have a whole band on stage.
Halfway through the show, they asked if anyone had any questions, to which James asked if he could have the setlist. Damon later gave him the setlist, which he and Kate signed at the merch desk. After continuing the conversation about Thai food James had with Kate before the show, we left, smiling, clutching the signed setlist tightly, as we received a multitude of jealous looks from fellow An Horse fans.
It was a brilliant concert, from a lovely and talented band, and we suggest that you buy their new record, Walls, and see them in concert.